ADDITIONAL WORKS AVAILABLE:
BURNING THE MIDDLE GROUND
Horror, Thriller, Conspiracy, Dark Fantasy
_Burning the Middle Ground_ is a dark fantasy about small-town America that transforms readers' fears about the country's direction into a haunting tale of religious conspiracy and supernatural mind control. A character-driven sensibility like Stephen King's and a flair for the bizarre like Bentley Little's delivers as much appeal for dedicated fans of fantasy and horror as for mainstream readers looking for an exciting ride.
Brian McCullough comes home from school and discovers that his ten-year-old sister Fran has murdered their parents. Five years later, a journalist, Ronald Glassner, finds Brian living at the same house in the small town of Kenning, Georgia. Planning a book on the McCullough Tragedy, Ronald stumbles into a struggle between Kenning's First Church, run by the mysterious Reverend Michael Cox, and the New Church, run by the rebellious Jeanne Harper. At the same time, Kenning's pets go berserk, and dead bodies, with the eyes and tongues removed from their heads, begin to appear.
Published: Nov. 28, 2012
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Film Studies, Horror Studies, Film Theory, Auteur Studies
Commanding a cult following among horror fans, Italian film director Dario Argento is best known for his work in two closely related genres, the crime thriller and supernatural horror. In his four decades of filmmaking, Argento has displayed a commitment to innovation, from his directorial debut with 1970's suspense thriller _The Bird with the Crystal Plumage_ to 2009's _Giallo_. His films, like the lurid yellow-covered murder-mystery novels they are inspired by, follow the suspense tradition of hard-boiled American detective fiction while incorporating baroque scenes of violence and excess. L. Andrew Cooper uses controversies and theories about the films' reflections on sadism, gender, sexuality, psychoanalysis, aestheticism, and genre to declare the anti-rational logic of Argento's oeuvre. Approaching the films as rhetorical statements made through extremes of sound and vision, Cooper places Argento in a tradition of aestheticized horror that includes De Sade, De Quincey, Poe, and Hitchcock. He reveals how the director's stylistic excesses, often condemned for glorifying misogyny and other forms of violence, offer productive resistance to the cinema's visual, narrative, and political norms.
Published: Oct. 10, 2012
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DESCENDING LINES [SCREENPLAY, SEEKING REPRESENTATION] (Unpublished)
Cultural Studies, Literary Criticism, Film Studies, Horror Studies, Gothic Studies
Eighteenth-century critics believed Gothic fiction would inspire deviant sexuality, instill heretical beliefs, and encourage antisocial violence--this book puts these beliefs to the test. After examining the assumptions behind critics' fears, it considers nineteenth-century concerns about sexual deviance, showing how _Frankenstein_, _Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde_, _Dorian Gray_, and other works helped construct homosexuality as a pathological, dangerous phenomenon. It then turns to television and film, particularly _Buffy the Vampire Slayer_ and David DeCoteau's direct-to-video movies, to trace Gothicized sexuality's lasting impact. Moving to heretical beliefs, _Gothic Realities_ surveys ghost stories from Dickens's _A Christmas Carol_ to _Poltergeist_, articulating the relationships between fiction and the "real" supernatural. Finally, it considers connections between Gothic horror and real-world violence, especially the tragedies at Columbine and Virginia Tech.
Published: July 1, 2010
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IMAGINATION REIMAGINED: NOT YOUR CHILDREN'S FAIRY TALES (CO-EDITOR AND CONTRIBUTOR)
Short Fiction Anthology, Horror, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Crime Thriller, Comedy, Fairy Tale
Reimagine the fairy tales of your youth through nine of the most creative authors writing today! See Rose Red and Snow White through the eyes of Jason S. Walters in an intriguing new telling of the age old tale. Feel the bone-chilling "Kindertotenlieder" by horror writer L. Andrew Cooper. Have you wondered what happens "After Ever?" Experience a vision from the brilliant writing of William I. Levy. Come back to reality for a moment in a crime thriller by Christopher Kokoski that will leave you in awe, scratching the "Hair of Your Chinny-Chin-Chin." The Ugly Duckling will never look quite the same after reading "Free to Be Donnie Kinnaird" by the astonishing Michael Williams. The Big Bad Wolf comes alive in the Brad Parnell's "The Girl in the Red Hood." Go on the adventure of Hans and Grace through the unique styling of Georgia L. Jones. Wish yourself into another dimension with "Genie in the Bottle" by Bryan and Wendy Schardein. These boots are made for walking into an unusual realm in the graceful musings of "Puss in Boots" by G. L. Giles. Whether your favorite is a fairy tale by Robert Browning, the Grimm Brothers, Giovanni Francesco Straparola, or Hans Christian Andersen, you are sure to have your imagination run wild with each story in _Imagination Reimagined_.
Published: April 5, 2014
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LEAPING AT THORNS
Short Fiction Collection, Horror, Dark Fantasy, Conspiracy
LEAPING AT THORNS arranges 15 of L. Andrew Cooper's unpublished, experimental short horror stories into a "triptych" of themes--complicity, entrapment, and conspiracy--elements that run throughout the collection. The stories span from the emotionally-centered and violence-mild "Last Move," about a mother and son whose cross-country move might be complicated by a haunted U-Move truck, to the almost unthinkably horrific "Charlie Mirren and His Mother," also about a mother and son, but their lives take a turn that might be traumatic for readers as well. While "Worm Would" offers a psychosexual fantasia on the sheer grossness that is a flatworm, "Tapestry" uses absurd, sometimes comic violence to take Jessica, the young professional protagonist, into a political nightmare. The absurd reaches dark extremes in "Lachrymosa," a story of almost pure hallucination, and stretches back toward the comic in the brain-and-tongue-twister "Heart on a Stick." The "conspiracy" panel of the triptych, from "The Fate of Doctor Fincher" to "The Special One," is a series of standalone stories that each adds important details to the fictional world and grand scheme of Dr. Allen Fincher, who also lurks in the background of Cooper's novels BURNING THE MIDDLE GROUND and DESCENDING LINES.
Published: Sept. 16, 2014
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MONSTERS (CO-EDITOR AND CONTRIBUTOR)
Horror Anthology, Composition Textbook, College Reader
It's under the bed; it's in the closet. It's the thing in the basement, but it's also the thing in the mirror, hot breath on the back of your neck, cold eyes staring at you with loathing and hunger. The monster sometimes inspires heroes: a community's bravest members rise up and defend people's livelihoods against an indescribable threat. But in the dead of night, when no one can hear, even a hero might admit that a monster inspires one thing more than any other: fear.
Published: Aug. 1, 2012
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RACIST [NOVEL, MAINSTREAM THRILLER, SEEKING REPRESENTATION] (Unpublished)
Fiction, literature, thriller, conspiracy
A realistically-grounded thriller about race and paranoia in the American South that builds from a misunderstanding in an office setting into what could turn into a race war in the city of Atlanta.